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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 16, 2020 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: May 68 4/4 Hugh, Donovan, Tammy, & Grateful Dead

1968 MAY 4/4

HUGH MASEKELA - GRAZING IN THE GRASS
The South African trumpeter had recorded jazz, his own songs, and guested on records like the Byrds “So you Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star” . This instrumental became a #1 hit . You sure heard it everywhere .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxXZF60EPdM

DONAVAN - HURDY GURDY MAN - May 31
Yay ! Donovan kicks some ass, for the first times since “Sunshine Superman” . Donovan had at first wanted Hendrix to record this, then for a friends band, “Hurdy Gurdy”, but after some disagreements, he went ahed and recorded it himself . There is some question about who is all on this record . The guitars are (possibly) Allen Holdsworth and Jimmy Page, OR Alan Parker .The drums Clem Cattini,and the bass and arrangements , John Paul Jones . Donavan played the tambura that had been given to him by George Harrison, who supposedly helped with the lyrics . Donovan, was heavily involved with the Transcendental Meditation taught by the Maharishi, so perhaps he is the Hurdy Gurdy man . It was #5 hit for him the mono single is the one to hear !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPE9D9Y-Bfg


TAMMY WYNETTE - D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Tammy Wynette had a #3,and 3 #1 country singles in 1967, and in my 67 overview I missed them all … Well these overviews are meant to be more “Pop, Rock, & Soul, by damn .
So I’m sorry Miss Wynette . 68 was going to be another big year for the often troubled singer, who could drew form real life experience to infuse her songs with sincere heartbreak .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRis1kfzD-I

GRATEFUL DEAD - May 1968
http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2018/10/1968-show-list.html
We have 17 shows dates, and 1 tape . There is some silent footage of them at their sneak show at Columbia University
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFtQr_W3opM
There is a tape from the Santa Clara Fairgrounds .
https://archive.org/details/gd1968-05-18.aud.jorma.gmb.sbeok.94591.flac16
I like how they then drove down to LA for a show at the Shrine after that !